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Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more



12/8/2010 - Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more
by Staff Writer

Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more

STAFF REPORTS o December 8, 2010

 "A Christmas Story," 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. 254-1320. Visit

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries, Friday-Saturday, downtown Dillsboro. Live music, carolers, holiday treats and Santa. Free. Call 800-962-1911 or visit

Old Fashioned Christmas, luminaries and unique gift items, The Old Mill 1886, 3082 U.S. 441 North, Cherokee. Open until 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 497-6536.

"Return to Bethlehem," 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 2-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Recreates Bethlehem marketplace during Christ's birth. Donations requested. Call 259-5300.

Christmas Candlelight Stroll, 6-9 p.m. Friday, downtown Weaverville. Luminaries, entertainment, carriage rides, refreshments and Santa. Visit

HCC Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Student Center Auditorium, Haywood Community College. 627-4672.

16th Annual Christmas Guitar Concert, with Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize. 8 p.m. Friday, Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. $18 at Malaprops and Jubilee. Call 252-5335.

"Heart and Hearth: Songs for the Season," 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, Asheville Choral Society performs at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. Visit or call 232-2060.

Asheville Ballet's "The Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Call 257-4530 or visit or


Appalachian Christmas, Lake Junaluska. Friday: Lake Junaluska Singers' concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Craft show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Singers' concert at 2:30 p.m.; Ricky Skaggs concert at 8 p.m. Sunday: "A Service of Carols and Scriptures," 9 a.m. Call 800-222-4930.

Christmas in the Mountains, an arts and crafts and gallery show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. A children's craft room for ages 4 and older starts at 11 a.m. Stecoah Valley Cultural Center, Robbinsville. Call 479-3364.

Toy drive, through Saturday, at Parkers Karat Patch, 311 Weaverville Highway, Asheville. Bring in a $10 or more, new unwrapped toy and receive a free freshwater pearl bracelet. Call 645-7111.

Santa on the Chimney, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

Breakfast with Santa at Fun Depot, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, 7 Roberts Road, Asheville. Bring a $10 toy for Toys for Tots and get a $5 playcard. (Donation not required.) Visit or call 277-2FUN.

Old-Fashioned Appalachian Christmas, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Traditional mountain music, storytelling, more. Call 456-6000 or visit

A Night Before Christmas, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, downtown Waynesville. Caroling, a live nativity, storytelling, wagon rides and more. Visit

Spirit of Ch ristmas, 7 p.m. Saturday, downtown Bryson City. Luminaries, living nativity, carolers, musical artists. Photos available with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Christmas at Connemara, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock. Celebrate Christmas with the traditions of the Sandburgs with holiday decorations and music; free with house tour admission. Call 693-4178 or visit


Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. Saturday, Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 County Road 1166, Hendersonville. Carolina Christmas concert. $35, students $5. Visit

7th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Owen Middle School. Free children's area includes crafts and Santa. Call 686-7917.

Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 18, Grove Arcade, Page Avenue, Asheville.

Advent Garden Walk, Sunday. Asheville Waldorf Community hosts a walk in the Advent garden spiral, turning inward toward winter darkness and emerging into brighter days. Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Doors open for children's walk at 5:15 p.m.; festival begins at 5:30. Adult walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 298-4655.

Asheville Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. With orchestra, chorus and children's chorus. Call 254-7046 or visit

Reynolds-Miller Chorale, Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville. Free.

Holiday Tour of Inns and Cookie Caper, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Hendersonville. Seven inns are open for touring and guests can up a Christmas treat at each inn. Tickets may be purchased at the Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, or at the Planning Office in City Hall, 145 5th Ave. East. No tickets available on the day of tour. Call 697-3088.

Asheville Community Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Asheville High School, McDowell St. $8. Call 254-2234.

Voices in the Laurel, 3 p.m. Sunday, Long's Chapel United Methodist Church, Lake Junaluska. Concert and story music, including special reading by author Gloria Houston. $10, $6 children younger than 12. 335-2849 or


A Carburetor Christmas, 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Flat Rock Playhouse. $20. Call 693-0731.


Season long events

YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree, runs through Dec. 15, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville. Call 254-7206, ext. 116.

Red Velvet Christmas, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Dec. 18, YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. Trees decorated by local businesses and displayed for viewing, before being donated to families on Dec. 18. $10 for a family pass. 252-4614.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights, after dusk, through Dec. 19, off Long Shoals Road at Overlook Road. Drive through Lake Julian Park, lit with thousands of colored lights and animated and stationary displays. $5 per car, $10 per van and $20 per bus. Benefits Buncombe County Special Olympics.

"Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 19, Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., Asheville. Montford Park Players' 34th annual production. Call 254-5146 or visit

Lighting of the Green, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 22, A-B Tech's Asheville campus. Free tours of Fernihurst and the Smith-McDowell House 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14.

"The 27th annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular," 7:30 p.m. Friday through Dec. 16 and Dec. 21-22 and at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St., $10 students and seniors with ID and groups of 10 or more. For mature audiences, not suitable for children. "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 23, 8 p. m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2551 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. A revised version of Charles Dickens' classic. Visit or call 693-0731.

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," through Dec. 23, Historic Henderson County Courthouse, downtown Hendersonville. Visit or


"The Polar Express," through Dec. 23, Bryson City. Read along with the story "The Polar Express" and enjoy a trip on Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Meet Santa, enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and a treat. Times and dates vary. $39 for adults, $26 for ages 2-12. Visit or call 800-872-4681.

Presents of Art, through Dec. 24, Upstairs Artspace, 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Call 859-2828.

Holiday Fest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 24, at Tom Sawyer's Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village, Glenville/Cashiers. Free admission.

Festival of Trees, through Dec. 27. Asheville Mall hosts the CarePartners Festival of Trees and Memorial Trees Garden outside Dillard's Men's Store and Hallmark. Ornaments can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, with proceeds going to CarePartners Hospice. Call 277-4815.

19th Century Carolina Christmas, through Jan. 2, Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Call 253-9231. Children's Christmas readings and carols at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $5 adults.

Christmas at Biltmore, through Jan. 2, Biltmore Estate, Asheville. Regular admission applies until dusk. Additional charge for Candlelight Christmas Evenings, through Jan. 1, which includes a self-guided tour of the house and next-day visit to the gardens and the winery. Visit

National Gingerbread House Competition, displays through Jan. 2. The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, hosts its 18th annual National Gingerbread House Competition. Public viewing open Monday-Thursday. Call 800-438-0050, ext. 1281.

Events & performances: Monday and Dec. 15-16

"The Nutcracker," with Emma and Johnston chorus students, 11 a.m. Monday and Dec. 15, in the Great Hall at The Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville. Free.

Cookies with Santa, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 17, Department on Aging Building, behind DSS, in Sylva. Age 12 and younger receive free cookies and cocoa.


Ballet Conservatory's "The Nutcracker," 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Call 257-4530 or visit

"A Christmas Carol," by Parkway Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18, Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium, Burnsville. $10-$15.

"The Santaland Diaries," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Asheville Community Theatre. $15. 254-1320.

Dec. 17-24

Carolina Concert Choir Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. James Episcopal Church, 766 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit

Home for the Holidays at FENCE, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Great Room at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tyron. Caroling, refreshments, more. Call 859-9021 or visit

"Rediscovering Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Theater presentation by Acts of Renewal. $15. 669-0930.

"Christmas on the Mountain." Stories, ballads and music with Sheila Kay Adams, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St., Asheville. $10. 253-8304.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m., Dec. 18, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robbinsville. Visit

Make Merrier, Dec. 18, Grove Arcade, Page Avenue, Asheville. Noon: free reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." 4-7 p.m.: musi c from the Lew Gelfond Trio.

Family Fun Day, Dec. 19 at Fired Up! Creative Lounge in Asheville and Hendersonville. Paint four flat holiday ornaments for $20. Call 253-8181 (Asheville) or 698-9960 (Hendersonville) for information.

A Swannanoa Solstice, 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville. Regular $35; senior $33; student $30; children 12 and younger $12; student rush day-of-the-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Call 257-4530. Blue Ridge Orchestra's Holiday Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. All tickets are $10 at Wine Guy, 555 Merrimon Ave. Call 254-6500.

Christmas Pageant, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Presented by the children of Unity and followed by a potluck lunch. Call 891-8700.

Christmas Carols Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 19, St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville. Free.

"A Classical Christmas," Brio Concert Series, 2 p.m. Dec. 19, First Presbyterian Church, 30 Alabama Ave., Weaverville. $10 suggested donation. 319-7077 or 645-7344.

Flat Rock Playhouse's Family Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20, Flat Rock Playhouse. $20. 693-0731.

"The Gift of Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. $5. Call 866-273-4615.

Winter Solstice Night Hike, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21, DuPont State Forest, Hendersonville. Meet at Hooker Falls parking area. Bring flashlights and a warm drink. Call 692-0385.

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Visit for tickets, starting at $26.50.

Ornament Workshop, Dec. 23 at Hands On! A Child's Gallery, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Call 697-8333 or visit Free with admission.

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Rev. Chad O'Shea, music by Lytingale and others. Child care provided. Call 891-8700.

Dec. 25-31

Bounty of Bethlehem Dinner, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 25, Immaculata Catholic School, 711 Buncombe St., Hendersonville. A free community Christmas dinner that includes entertainment, gifts and a visit from Santa. Call 693-5115 or visit

Burning Bowl Service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Rev. Chad O'Shea. Potluck supper at 6 p.m. Child care provided. Call 891-8700.

Fontana New Year's Celebration, Dec. 31, Fontana Village. Live entertainment with Caribbean Cowboys, dinner party in the Mountview Bistro and fireworks at midnight with champagne toast.

New Year's Eve Fireworks, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.

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